Frederick Beiser’s Hegel ushers in a new series, ‘Routledge Philosophers.’ The list of contributing authors is a distinguished one, yet nobody. Hegel () is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major. Frederick Charles Beiser is an American author and professor of philosophy at Syracuse He has since edited two Cambridge anthologies on Hegel, The Cambridge Companion to Hegel () and The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and.

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Intuitivists like Schelling failed to see this possibility, because they deflated thought to just conceptual understanding. By what Beiser calls a historical This book claims to be ehgel introduction to Hegel’s thought, but is well beyond that. The intuition they championed, on the other bsiser, reveals only an inchoate and underdeveloped image of the infinite.

The key difference is that, while understanding confines itself to finite concepts, speculative reason is able to adopt the same concepts and yet to allow them pass over into the infinite. Hegel’s Philosophy of History.

Jun 27, Sarah Gutierrez Myers rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this magisterial and Hegel is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. Albert Lea, MinnesotaU. From Objectivity to the Absolute Idea. Beiser notes that many commentators assume that sociality exists from the start rather than seeing it as precisely what is to be won.

At the same time it leads Beiser to slight the so-called “analytic” interpretation which hegeel been instrumental in the recent Anglophone revival of Hegel’s philosophy, since Findlay and others.

Many of the major philosophical movements of the twentieth century – from existentialism to analytic philosophy – grew out of reactions against Hegel. Specifically, Hegel’s breakthrough must be assessed in comparison with the crisis of enlightenment rationalism, Kant and Fichte’s subjectivist turn in response, and Jacobi and Schelling’s charge that abstract understanding could never come to terms with the infinite – the subject par excellence of philosophy – which must be accessed through feelings or intuition.

Bejser very good introduction to Hegel for outsiders, which defends the great philosopher from the stereotypes that surround him. The book also seems quite comprehensive, even including a chapter on Hegel’s aesthetics. Here Beiser does an admirable job, displaying a thorough familiarity with the complex world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century German milieu.


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The subsequent chapters fill out this programme, with Beiser always grounding the grand speculations in the concerns of Hegel’s time. Part four turns to social and political philosophy, and part five concludes with the philosophy of history and Hegel’s aesthetics, plus a short epilogue on “the rise and fall of Hegelianism” ending inthis admittedly is to give Hegel’s legacy short shrift.

I agree strongly, for instance, with the notion that we can’t do away with the metaphysical dimension of Hegel’s thought, and that it needs to be a key to understand much of what he was doing. The path he follows introducing the topics is logical and clear and, although some of the ideas are tough and he didn’t always give me an “aha” moment, is generally pretty good at explaining.

He returned to the United States in to take up a professorship at Indiana University Bloomingtonwhere he remained until In my view the dialectic of IVa is most plausibly taken as that of a single consciousness finding that in order to make good its claim to self-awareness and self-satisfaction in the world at large it must be conceptually prepared to recognize otherness, an other equal to itself; there need actually be another person involved.

The dynamicity and openness of Hegel’s thought consists precisely in this failing process as a process.


It performs its function very well; a thoughtful and well chosen bibliography, selected particularly with the student in mind, testifies to the success of its pedagogical intentions.

It’s all about who Hegel was within his specific historical context. Kant as Philosopher of Science. Westphal – – In E. In this book, Beiser sought to reconstruct the background of German Idealism through frederkck narration of the story of the Spinoza or Pantheism controversy.

Hegel by Frederick C. Beiser

Marx’s Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature. The Concept of Early German Romanticismin order to gain a fuller appreciation of the case he makes for his historical understanding of Hegel.

Archived from the original on Mathematische Versus Spekulative Naturphilosophie. This is the metaphysical principle Beiser finds in Hegel.

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Rohan rated it liked it Jul 24, Want to Read saving…. InwoodQuentin LauerRobert L. Beside, I think it’s could be a good idea for students that also read the Hegel: This may well be a minor quibble: As one might expect, Beiser is particularly good on contextual issues; it is how he made his reputation after all.

He attempts to both individuate Hegel by demonstrating which features of his thought were particular to him and to place him within his generation by showing which elements were the common preoccupations of his contemporary generation. Baran Kaplan rated it it was amazing Apr 05, Beiser is exceptional at encouraging a generous but critical eye on Hegel.

Part three takes up epistemological issues: To ask other readers questions about Hegelplease sign up. Hegel is one of the more caricatured philosophical figures, and this book serves incredibly well to dispel many of the misunderstandings about him by emphasising the fundamental systematic role of metaphysics in his thought.

He puts forward one popular perspective and Hegel is a good example frederikc the philosopher as product of his time, and Beiser does an incredible job of explaining the contemporary issues he was responding to.

He returned to the United States four years later. In this regard, the tone and manner of writing is one of the greatest strengths of the book; even a philosopher such as Hegel, renowned for the tortuous obscurity of his prose, is brought within the comprehension of the student. Beiser’s book fulfills the aim of the Routledge series of providing contextually informed introductions to the great philosophers it does this better than the books on Kant and Schopenhauer.

Philosophy students will need to go on to more focussed books Houlgate is good for the next levelbut this is a rich, interesting study that hegfl wish other scholars emulated. I’ve wrestled with the Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit for a while now, with varying success, but this book’s crystal clear summary of his corpus is a breath of fresh air.